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I live in Reston and receive the Backfence enewsletter and look at it a bit. Ive even posted some stuff on there, although not recently. The major problem with teh site seems to be a lack of pre-populated, edited content. Those runnning the site are relying too much on the community to fill its pages, and it ends up with irrelevancies like a top dining spots list that includes Chicken Out and other chains. I want to find information from these sites quickly, and not necessarily supply it. Who has time for that.

Another problem is Restons established free weeklies that essentially supply the same service, delivered to your door, and are well established. Backfence should have partnered with one of these papers--say the Reston Times--leveraged their existing brand and content then provided the technical infrastructure of the "community site" that they're providing now.

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